HOSA and DECA Focus on Success

After a year of successes, the two clubs are refocused and ready to roll.

September 15, 2022

When it comes to clubs, HOSA and DECA are two of Green Hope’s most honored and awarded.  A new year provides the perfect opportunity to follow up on their respective seasons as well as effectively plan to build on prior successes.

HOSA: Strength in Teamwork

HOSA, once called Health Occupations Students of America, is an international organization created by Health Occupation Educators in the 1970s. Now known as HOSA- Future Health Professionals, they compete in various Health Science events including Physical Therapy, Medical Terminology, and Health Career Photography.

Green Hope HOSA members are regularly involved in leadership and community service events such as Blood Drives and writing thank you letters to groups that include Wake County EMS, SECU Family House, as well as patients/families at assisted living facilities. To join HOSA, students must have completed Health Science I and, after joining, HOSA students are required to compete in a Health Science event. Green Hope HOSA advisor, Ms. Ashley Davidson, describes the Health Science events as being similar to Science Olympiad, except for Health Professionals.

All DECA members who competed in their first competition at districts. (Rupali Kishore)

When asked about some of the great things HOSA did last year, Davidson replied, “We are great competitors. The way we divided study groups for each competition led to top ten performances by many GH students. We have excellent members who want to succeed, as well as great advisors and a board who will put in the extra hours to help fellow HOSA members learn skills they will have to learn and perform.” Additionally, three Green Hope students placed top three in physical therapy, one of the Health Science main events. All three students went on to compete at the International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. This was an incredible feat as it was the first top three for any Wake County school in decades.

Despite these successes, there are still aspects in which HOSA could improve, specifically leadership and mentoring. Davidson stated, “GH HOSA has, for a long time, been known as an independent club where students will study on their own, prepare on their own, and succeed on their own. Last year, it all changed. Members supported each other and challenged each other making their experience more meaningful.” She believes that if students continue to keep on working together and regularly step up as leaders, HOSA will greatly improve.

As for HOSA’s goals for this school year, they aspire to outreach more Green Hope students through events that will give back to the school and community. Davidson feels that few people actually know what HOSA does and that being more present at school will help with that.

DECA Looks Forward to Successful Year

DECA is a business organization that prepares students to be successful in the business world by teaching them aspects of business administration, management, and marketing. It also allows students to become leaders through building networks and learning the social aspects involved in the business world. DECA members at Green Hope do this by frequently holding workshops and meetings.

GH DECA members who placed at states and represented NC at the international conference in Atlanta. (Rupali Kishore)

The 2021/22 season was an amazing year for Green Hope DECA. They were able to conduct more workshops and outreach opportunities that allowed them to gain more members than the previous year. DECA was also able to compete in in-person competitions again. Districts were held last December in Raleigh, states were held last February in Greensboro, and 12 members competed internationally in Atlanta. Green Hope DECA Co-President, Aakanksha Kulkarni (’23), explained, “Around 40 of our members attended the state competition in Greensboro last year, and 12 of those 40 qualified and attended the international competition, or ICDC, in Atlanta Georgia. We are incredibly proud of this turnout and we aspire to prepare even more members for future competitions.”

Regarding improvements for this year, DECA plans on having more specific topics for workshops and making them more interactive. Fellow DECA Co-President, Rupali Kishore (’23), said, “We can also offer more opportunities to go on educational and rewarding trips and more hands-on experiences.”

As far as DECA’s plans for the school year, they hope to increase membership and want member participation to be at an all-time high. Green Hope DECA advisor, Mr. Harrison Ray, stated, “Not only do we want more members, but we want them to compete at a higher level.”

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